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Cliffside dream home offers waterfront views of Bellingham Bay

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A contemporary waterfront property was designed for a father and his two children by architectural studio McClellan Architects, located along the bay in Bellingham, Washington. The homeowner wanted a home designed to advantage of its beautiful surroundings while at the same time melding with its natural environment. The home was built right into the cliffside, with the exterior facade clad with untreated cedar, concrete and glass. This spacious three-story home offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Upon entering into this home, you will find yourself in a glass atrium that showcases a dramatic iron staircase that travels all the way up to the third level. The real showpiece of this space is the Bocci pendant lighting that is suspended at varying heights from the ceiling.

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The material elements of the home takes cues from the surrounding environment, with the concrete matching the enormous boulders on the property, the cedar nods to the trees and the glass affords its inhabitants views from all spaces.

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What We Love: This is a true dream house, with stunning views, beautiful design and a waterfront property, not sure you can get much better than that! Concrete usually feels cold, but with the outdoors pulled into the interior so well, it feels more warm, especially with the use of so much wood incorporated into the design scheme. What do you think of this property? Do you think there is too much concrete, does the design feel cold to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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A hand carved door comprised of cedar forms the entryway to this striking home (10 feet high, five feet wide).

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On the first level, four sliding panel doors completely opens the living and kitchen area up to the backyard and waterfront. This space is perfect for entertaining guests, who can dine and lounge inside and that reconvene outside to lounge in the outdoor living spaces.

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The kitchen island countertop is the showpiece of this space, comprised of a 14 foot slab of live-edge fir.

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In the living room, a cozy window seat next to the fireplace provides additional seating and a great space to curl up with a book. The fireplace provides added warmth to the space on a cool day, comprised of cast-in-place concrete with a eye-catching mantle comprised of flamed cedar.

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The master bedroom en-suite takes up the entire upper level, with a feature wall clad with flame-treated cedar, the same material that was used for the fireplace mantel on the first level.

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The master bathroom features radiant heat flooring to keep your feet warm on the otherwise cold concrete.

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A freestanding tub lets you soak in luxury, while surrounding glass doors open outwards to let in fresh sea breezes.

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A balcony off the master bedroom retreat offers a private space to enjoy mesmerizing views over the bay.

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Photos: Courtesy of McClellan Architects

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